Apple to figure out your typing speed to improve autocorrect

Apple to figure out your typing speed to improve autocorrect
What can you say about Apple's autocorrect? Sometimes too zealous to the point of being obscene, it still is considered one of the best in the business. Now, a trio of patent applications reveals some ideas Apple has for improving your typing on the virtual iPhone keyboard. Patent Application No. 12/976834 has to do with "Combining timing and geometry information for typing correction." The idea is to use keystroke geometry and timing to discern the typist's "intended input".

This patent uses a timestamp on a string of typed characters which is then analyzed using a process in autocorrect or autocompletion. A "baseline typing speed" can be computed and if it takes longer to type a particular sentence, the delay could mean that there are misspelled words or other typing errors. Speed faster than the baseline could indicate the double strike of a letter by mistake. The application reads, "For example, if the string “theere” is entered and the time between the keystrokes “ee” is less than an associated baseline by more than a threshold amount, the replacement candidate “there” may be assigned a higher score."

The whole technology could be put into the Apple iPhone and start with a pre-determined typing speed that would be adjusted for the phone's actual user and if the user typed faster or slower than the typical user. Besides using speed to catch mistakes, the feature would also examine the location of the letters typed on the keyboard and the geometry of words spelled. words. The patent application reads, "For example, a word that is similar to the typed text except for one or more errors associated potentially with keyboard geometry, such as differing by a letter where the correct letter is located adjacent to the typed incorrect letter on the keyboard, may be suggested."

A second autocorrect-related patent application, No. 12/976849, is entitled "Using parts-of-speech tagging and named entity recognition for spelling correction." This method involves understanding the context of typed words so as to understand the context of certain tagged words. For example, knowing the context of  a sentence can help autocorrect know if the use of the word Apple in a sentence refers to Apple the tech company, or apple the delicious fruit. This patent requires the use of a complex statistical language model and the process involves parsing words, phrases and sentences while looking for capitalization, prefixes and suffixes.

The third patent, No. 12/976864, also deals with trying to "tag" certain parts of written speech but limits the language processing to search queries. The patent application discusses a process for analyzing phrases of speech to make searching documents or the internet, more efficient. Some of Apple's autocorrect patents have been used in its lawsuits with Samsung. Back in February, Apple accused Samsung of infringing on a patent for a "Method, system, and graphical user interface for providing word recommendations".

source: AppleInsider



1. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

So they're making a smart keyboard? Right after Google announced a smart(er) keyboard for Jelly Bean. The only possible reason is that Google went to the future to steal the idea from Apple! Right Taco?

2. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Yeah, and there's also a lawsuit pending because Google stole the time travel technology. Those f**king thieves.

7. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Apple could now apply for a patent for this loosely labeled as a patent covering the use of "typing with fingers",there has been other such vague patents given

15. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

This is different than what Google announced, but I wouldn't expect you to care about facts.

18. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

He's obviously kidding you idiot. Don't even try to point fingers at people accusing them of not caring about facts, you are more blind to them than anyone.

24. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Article: "Samsung Galaxy S III getting a last minute RAM upgrade to muscle up Jelly Bean" taco50: "I thought they fixed the lag issue. Why the extra ram?? Hmm looks like maybe no." Question: Why iPhone 4 use 512MB of RAM instead of 256MB of RAM, because lagging ???

26. LOLpple

Posts: 86; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Taco, do you never tire of making a complete ass of yourself?

27. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

bc he is so dumb to know what ass mean.

3. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

i think we "the readers" are the ones that look like idiots when we play the "who did it first" game... these companies have been working on updates upgrades and innovations for months and years... but we are so quick to claim "copying" just because phonearena decided to post an iOS keyboard enhancement article RIGHT after the Google I/O conference. shaking my head................

4. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

For real. Shut your mouths. No one cares.

6. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

patent does not necessarily mean ready to be used, these companies patent ideas they are yet able to perform, now if Google released a better keyboard that means they have been working on the software technique for w while while apple is working on the idea of the technique(a patent). now talking depending on what they refer to it may and may not be invalidated as swifkey already has a "rapid user mode" in its keyboard replacement app, the problem is how similar both implementations are

9. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

what i'm saying is apple, google, samsung, RIM, HTC or whoever... is not working on things "at the last minute" as soon as another company releases their version... these things more than likely have been thought of or worked on well before we hear about it... for PA and other news places its "relevant" to release it back to back... but for US we perceive it to mean one company is "copying" the other...

10. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

OK I understand that, companies do a lot of work on the background we may never be able to see, usually fanboys are the ones to claim company A copied company B but is deeper than just that. I have dealt with an annoying bunch that loves to do those claims :/

8. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Patents and innovations are 2 very different things. You're supposed to innovate 1st, then patent it. What Apple is doing is wait for competitor to produce something worth selling, patent to prevent them from further innovating their product then add an Apple sticker there and development stops there and worst, patenting generic things such as a rectangle and typing on a touchscreen. You don't see HTC going after Samsung or Motorola for adding shortcuts to the lockscreen, even thou they were the ones who placed lockscreen shortcuts in the first place and it wasn't a feature of Android.

5. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

I really hate Apple. Even the keyboard's auto correct functions are patented?! That's ridiculous!

11. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I disagree. It takes a lot of time, effort, and money to develop good effective auto correcting for a keyboard. I think this type of thing DESERVES a patent and this type of thing SHOULD be exclusive to whatever company developed it. Rectangles with rounded corners? Go f**k yah'selves.

12. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

think is a great idea to patent your ideas so no one can came later and claim what is yours.. artist , writers do it all the time..

17. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, you have to patent them to keep them from the great artists.

13. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

apple not even copying google, they're copying swiftkey x. if you see on the skx keyboard, you can change the settings to your desired type speed (what apple is trying to do). so apple, go stick a worm up your hole and shut up!

25. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

exactly.. the moment i saw this, i immediately think of swiftkey..

14. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

"You reach I teach" You guys remember this commercial? Apple is the older Jordan teaching game to young and dumb android

16. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Apple must have traveled to the past and taught Android all those cool new iOS6 features in 2010.

22. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

you are quite boring....

23. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011


20. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

So in other words, Apple is taking cues from SwiftKey now.

21. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

This patent isn't really objectionable to me, so long there is no prior art as some have suggested. Its not some vague, all encompassing idea, like rectangles. It's a specific easy of improving auto correct. However, knowing Apple, they will interpret it as a patent on all auto correct, and sure anyone who has any type.

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